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Joplin School District sues contractor

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The Joplin School District is suing one of its contractors hired for electrical work at the new high school and Franklin Technology Center.

School district attorney Norman Rouse says P1 Group Inc., based in Lenexa, Kansas, is billing the school district $7 million.  That's in addition to the $8 million contract the electric company signed with the school district.

The district is suing P1 Group Inc. for $75,000.  Rouse says part of the lawsuit alleges the electric company did inadequate work that needs to be re-done.  The district also contends it doesn't owe the electric company any of the additional charges.

"Basically, P1 wasn't able to keep up with the other trades.  And so we have electrical outlets on the, or electrical conduit and outlets, on the outside of the walls as opposed to the inside of the walls, because the walls got poured before they got in there and got the electrical work through," says Rouse.

"Particularly, with respect to a public entity like a school district, it's statutory required that the payment owed, or that the school district not be held liable for anything more than the contractual terms," says Rouse.

Rouse says all of the other contractors with the new high school project were able to adequately finish their jobs.  P1 Group Inc. will have time to formally and legally respond to the district's lawsuit.

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